It is with very sad hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Giovanni “John” Alfred Turchet of Stauffer, Alberta. He passed away at his home on Monday, July 26, 2021 at the age of 60 years.
John began his life on an acreage outside of Calgary. At an early age he learned how to put in a hard day’s work, alongside his dad, Lino. They enjoyed many weekends hunting and spending time together. John loved being outdoors, and that passion to spend time outside continued into his adult life with frequent nature walks and trips out to the bush with his Jeep. In the early 70s, the Turchet family moved to Stauffer because Lino wanted to be a farmer. Together, father and son, they learned how to run a grain and cattle operation. Their land and cattle company expanded to several quarter sections and a decent-sized herd of cattle. John raised his own family on the Stauffer farm. In the early 2000s, John and Lino retired from farming, and John pursued a career as a long-haul truck driver. He always loved the open road, and would take his family on road trips whenever he could. His journeys took him all across Canada and the United States. Wanting to be closer to his family, John then obtained his journeyman heavy-duty mechanic ticket. He outfitted his own mobile mechanic service truck and contracted to various companies in the west Central Alberta area. John was fond of family visits up to the work camps he was quite often based out of. Family meant a lot to him, and he tried to spend as much time as he could with them. This included annual trips to Agri-Trade in Red Deer, George’s Family Restaurant, coffee at the farm, and even a visit to the local meadery with his daughter and son-in-law, Katrina and Lucas. During visits to the farm, John would frequently inform Katrina and Lucas of the latest developments in farm machinery. He would always be a farmer at heart. At any time, he was just a phone call or text message away if someone was in need of a helping hand or expert advice. John will be remembered as a gentle, quiet, and kind man who loved his family and did all he could for them. He will be missed greatly.
John will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Katrina (Lucas) Lachambre of Bentley; and his two sisters, Mary (Steve) Pool of Calgary; and Barb Lorek (Jim Beckerleg) of Summerland, B.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many, many cherished friends. John was predeceased by his parents, Lino and Ursula; and two sons, Matthew and Ryan.
A Gathering of Family to celebrate John’s Life took place on the family farm at a later date. He will be laid to rest alongside his parents in the Evergreen Cemetery, Clearwater County. If friends desire, memorial tributes in John’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Giovanni “John” Alfred Turchet entrusted to the care of